Jan 19, 2013 12:00pm PST
hard times ahead. president obama swept into office, four years ago in the waive of hope, but it it seems to show that things have soured and it seems more like cope rather than hope. what happened? >> this is a different environment than it was four years ago, craig and a couple of points. president bush does come into a success term in the strong political position. his approval readings is 52% and the second-term agenda items like gun control as well as immigration and you mentioned those attitudes about the direction of the country and about the economy and this is an american public right now that lowered its standards and lowered its expectations from four years ago. in some ways that's a good situation from the obama white house and sometimes lower expectations make it easier to get achievements done, but this is a country that is still being hit by the aftereffects of the great recession and also this poll comes after the terrible tragic shooting as well as the showdown in the new year. >> we polled folks when they were already pretty down. >> let me ask you about
Jan 15, 2013 3:00am PST
in numbers. unitedhealthcare. ♪ >>> first year of the obama presidency of behind-the-scenes look at the accomplishments, the battle lines, grand bargains, that works and that would bust. up next, the nra wades deep near debates over guns in america. but launching a free ipad game for kids to play target practice probably wasn't what most middle americans were looking for. we are going to faulk about that and much more. surprising new polls on gun control straight ahead. sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing. have serious health conditions, or take other medicines.
Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
weapon's ban. >> in the first four years of his administration president obama did more to expand handgun ownership. these are normal rational things and you have nothing to fear. >> yes, but he's black. >> stephanie: all right. ollie north on nra news radio. >> it is now going to be done by executive action. >> shocking! >> that's contrary to my understanding of what the constitution is all about. and i think it's contrary and foreign to most of us. when he raise that right hand and take that oath we don't pledge to a political party, to an individual, unlike many other countries around the world. what we have done is we have now decided that one man can decide what is or isn't legal under certain circumstances. >> yeah. >> i think that civil libertarians, and by the way the national rifle association is one of the greatest protectors of civil liberties that has ever existed on the planet earth. >> of course if you have been shot in the face your civil liberties -- >> stephanie: yeah. >> i apologize i called him a convicted felon oliver north -- >> stephanie: was
Jan 18, 2013 6:00pm PST
rebuilt every four years. but since a huge crowd full of hope saw the first obama swearing in, america has lowered its expectation. only 35% in the nbc news/"wall street journal" poll says the country is heading in the right direction. and president obama's new portrait, his approval stands at 62%. his likability at 61%. but only 29% say he's working effectively with congress. and today there's more 0 conflict. responding to the president's declaration that he won't negotiate over the debt ceiling, republicans backed down. they raised the borrowing limit but just for three months. and if democrats don't agree to a budget to spending cuts by april, they cut off lawmakers' paychecks. >> why should the american public pay elected officials if they don't do the fundamental job to pass the budget. >> reporter: since richard nixon resigned, second terms have had negative starts. >> it's been a long time since we've seen an effective second term. >> reporter: the bush 43 second term plagued by iraq and katarina and scandal and impeachment. the new obama term starts with a budget confrontation. i'
Jan 19, 2013 11:00pm EST
is history. i'm 77 years old. so it's the first for my lifetime. >> reporter: their mom says 8-year-old faith and 5-year-old blake were just too young to come last time. >> we are from carrollton, georgia, 40 miles east of atlanta and we came for the inauguration of obama. yay! >> reporter: traffic slowed to a crawl with people coming in from maryland and virginia to enjoy the festive weekend. on the sidewalk, crowds slowed to see and buy prints by a local artist. >> they said why don't you do martin luther king and president obama together. so i did it. >> reporter: monday's swearing-in ceremony did not prevent visitors from enjoying the breath taking beauty of the national mall at night. and tonight would be the night to go out and look at the different sights, get a half smoke, because as we heard chuck say, it's going to get colder. it feels good right now. reporting live on the national mall, jackie bensen, news4. >> looks beautiful behind you, jackie. thanks so much. and they've covered the grass on the mall, to protect it. >> protect it from the crowds, not from the cold. >> yeah, from
Jan 17, 2013 3:00am PST
our particular feelings are. here's another question that we should be asking ourselves now. 40 years from now, historians will be looking back on our time. or 60 years from now. and what will they say about how we responded to this? it's not just about president obama. it's about all of us. >> or how we didn't respond to it. >> we're all on a dock here. and i think that's the question that we have to ask ourselves. and it has to be asked across the political and the cultural spectrum including the people who feel that they have a right to own an assault weapon and the people in their community who feel that they don't have a right to. there has to be this dialogue across the country in small western communities, in the south and in the big cities as well. as reverend al knows, there's no greater carnage from guns than in the inner cities of america. >> absolutely. >> 506 homicides last year in chicago, most of them in the inner city. >> i've just been reading about -- you all remember nickel mines, the shooting there, which was actually a handgun. it highlights -- and that was, i don